Cliff Wade Buckaroo Ranch Saddle

  • $4,250.00

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Buckaroo Leather is proud to introduce our handmade bench Wade Post saddle. We have been working on this for a while now with a saddle maker, with over 40 years experience in saddle design, custom fitting of horse and rider, hand tooling, carving, and construction! 

The materials which go into the making of Buckaroo Leather Tack and Saddles and the craftsmanship employed in its making, are elements of the highest importance. You could have no higher guarantee of quality and workmanship than the name Buckaroo Leather upon your tack and saddles. It represents an organization proud of its establishment in 1979, and since then, catering to horsemen and women with two generations of experience and knowledge applied in the making of riding equipment, to the most exacting standards. Rest assured, you will receive the most value for your money spent.

WE OFFER custom fitting if needed.  Our standard trees do fit a wide range of horses. 

We have fit many large and draft horses also!!!


The tree is a “Precision Tree”, made in Yoakum, Texas. Designed after the legendary Ray Hunt's saddles....  It is made of wood with hand laid Kevlar reinforcement then covered with a durable and waterproof covering called DuraK. Stress tests show this tree to be stronger than traditional wood and rawhide trees. Making it ultra lite also — about 34 lbs  

Trees are left to dry naturally and slower to help avoid twist and warp. All trees are assembled in jigs for greater accuracy. The bars are shaped by computerized machines to tolerances of .003”. This brings more symmetry and precision to these top quality trees. After years of experience we have selected the bar measurements that seem to fit the widest variety of horses.

No saddle has yet to be returned for causing saddle sores on a horse or breakage. Remember, no one saddle will fit all horses. If you feel your horse may have problems fitting a tree, mention this before you order your saddle. We can help.  Our Arizona bars of the tree have a good amount of flair at the front, below the swells (Not all do), giving the shoulders more freedom. In general, the bottom sides of the bars have a lot of bearing surface and one mitered stirrup slot each side just back of the swells, so the bars are the thickest and strongest at stress points.

All good ranch and roping saddles have AZ bars. Some folks feel that you have a closer fit to the horse's back and possibly avoid some soreness from the stirrup leathers by having two stirrup slots recessing the leathers better (we have never had soaring problems with our AZ bars). 


Leather: Hermann Oak AAA Grade Skirting

It is finished with hand rubbed 100% pure neatsfoot oil.

OPTIONS- 1) AS PICTURED- The swells, back jockeys and half-covered stirrups are stamped with a traditional geometric box stamp giving it a traditional “waffle” look. And the rest of the saddle is rough out leather with a “wavy river” border stamp around edges; it has a look similar to a rope design.

OPTION- 2) All Rough Out

OPTION- 3) All Smooth out (grain out)


Extra Features At No Charge:

Your Cliff Wade Post (sometimes called slick or A fork) saddle has a 7/8 plate rigging that is installed on the tree with stainless steel screws and pilot drilled holes to eliminate any splitting in the tree. We have never had a rigging pulled out of one of our saddles!

100% wool shearling we use to line the skirts is from ¾” to 1” thick. The skirts are properly plugged & contoured to help displace weight across a wider area of your horse's back, helping to avoid pressure points.

The swells, back jockeys and half-covered stirrups are stamped with a traditional geometric box stamp giving it a traditional “waffle” look. And the rest of the saddle is rough out with a “wavy river” border stamp around edges; it has a look similar to a rope design. You can also choose all rough out.

Stirrups are 3” bell bottom with half-covered design and leather treads installed.The stirrup leathers are permanently twisted to face forward and laced. This helps to relieve strain on the ankles and knees, caused by stirrups that won’t face forward. 

Delivery can run 6-8 months.  Always check with me, as we may have one in stock or about done!



-15 1/2” or 16” seat, other sizes available
-Latigo saddle strings
-Mule hide horn wrap
-100% wool lined skirts
-Oregon Cross Over Rope lariat Strap
-Our pro weight latigo and off billet
-Blevins buckles on 3” stirrup leathers
-Weight is 35-38 pounds 

-Stainless hardware 

"Cliff Wade Saddle" Dimensions:

  • Seat: 15-1/2” OR 16”
  • Swell: 9”
  • Horn: Wood Post, 3-1/2” H X 3-1/4” Cap (4” finished)
  • Cantle: Regular, 4” High, 1-1/2” Dish, 13” Wide
  • Gullet: 8” High X 6-1/4” Wide
  • Arizona Bars

Our Lifetime Warranty

"Cowboy Common Sense" warranty is basically, the customer pays all shipping costs and we repair the saddle, for free for an indefinite time. Lifetime support depends on our inspection of the saddle. Was it cared for or abused and neglected? Did the saddle fail vs. damage not related to normal use? Horse flips over, roping heavy cattle, etc. we fix it. Falls off truck going down the highway, fire damage, etc. Sorry cannot warranty abuse, neglect or accidents. 


Custom orders are welcome, we can do anything you want!

Contact John:  540-545-0139 or

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Tom Raftery
Great fit, comfortable saddle

Received my saddle yesterday. Fit it to my horse today and rode four to five hours, very comfortable for both of us. Meet John at a local event and talked about what my saddle requirements were and brought my horse so he could fit the saddle to her. I am so pleased with the fit and the comfort of the seat. Quality looks great and came with everything I needed.

Leslie Exter
Excellent Quality and Customer Service!

As a first-time custom saddle customer a couple of years ago, I knew I would have the best experience and support if I relied on Buckaroo Leather to help guide me through the process. From the initial fit consultation, to facilitating design - and subsequent conversations - with his saddlemaker, John was always available to assist me, ensuring timely completion and delivery of my beautiful new saddle! From formal arena riding, to miles out on the trail, my Buckaroo Leather saddle has been extremely comfortable for both me and for my horse, and is consistently complimented for its beauty. Thank you, John - your commitment to your customers is worth its weight in leather and gold!

gregory Schaffner
Great saddle

By far the most comfortable saddle I have ever had. I have had 3! Other custom saddles and none come close to this one in fit( horse and my butt) quality and looks
Had to make some adjustments to stirrups after I received but issue was handled quickly with no hassles

Very comfortable seat and great quality

I have owned and ridden in one of these saddles for several years. I love the seat. I find it very comfortable, and it puts me in a balanced position with the stirrups right under my center of gravity. It is also beautiful and crafted with hand made detail.